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[Boarding School Blues] - Chapter 27: Checkmate

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Rules for playing Weddas
1) Each player draws a letter. The player whose letter is the closest to A goes first. Play continues clockwise.
2) Each player draws 7 tiles.
3) The first player spells a word on the table.
4) Players take turns building off that word.
5) The player with the most points at the end wins.

Scoring
Each letter is work one point. If a player makes multiple words on a single turn, each word is counted separately.
Clear rack bonus = extra 10 points
New board = 20 point penalty

NOTE: Playing more than one game a day can be dangerous to your health!

Melinda walked up the interior MAC stairs towards the table in the corner of the loft, where she found Walter sitting with a green velvet drawstring bag on the table in front of him. She said nothing as she slid into the booth across from him.
“You said like Parents’ Weekend,” he reminded her. “I talked to Pat. He’s gonna join us. You want a snack before we start?”
Melinda was not particularly hungry, but the grilled food smelled so good, she could not help herself. She had received her fries and milkshake and returned to her seat when Pat finally arrived. He slid into the booth beside her, flashing that winning smile.
“What’s up, third formers? Why the summons?”
“Melinda said you wanted to hang out,” Walter explained, not completely able to mask the bitterness in his voice. “So this is us hanging out. In public. You want a snack before we start?”
Pat considered his brother a moment, then looked at Melinda and pointed towards her fries. “Can I have some?”
“That depends. Do you have his appetite?” She pointed a fry at Walter with a flirtacious smile.
Pat laughed and Walter smiled.
“I’ll get my own.” Pat slid out of the booth.
Walter turned to his brother. “Hey, can you get me some, too?”
“Maybe.” Melinda could tell by Pat’s smile that meant yeas.
“Melinda?” asked a voice from the opposite end of the loft. Melinda looked towards the staircase, recognizing a girl from her Latin class walking towards her. As she approached, the girl saw Walter sitting in the booth as well. “Oh, hey Walter.”
“Hi, Zayne. How’s it going?”
“Not great.” Zayne sighed as she plopped herself down next to Melinda. “I didn’t do so well on our pop quiz Saturday. How’d you do?” she asked Melinda
Melinda shrugged. “I dunno yet. I just took it today. It didn’t feel too bad.”
“I was wondering if maybe we could study together. Maybe you could help me understand what’s going on. I always think I understand it, and then I don’t seem to do well on the tests.”
Melinda hesitated. “Well, I study with Walter. He helps me understand it. You could join us?”
“Maybe tonight?”
“Oh, I have orchestra tonight.”
“I could still help you,” Walter offered. “I study in the library, up on the second floor.” He shrugged. “If you bring your homework, I can help you with it.”
“Oh, thanks!” Zayne stood as Pat approached the table carrying two containers of fries. Zayne headed into the line, although Melinda saw her glance back as Pat sat beside Melinda, passing Walter one of the cartons. Pat nodded in Zayne’s direction.
“Friend?”
“Walter’s gonna help her in Latin,” Melinda said.
“She’s cute.” Pat smiled, causing Melinda to feel a mild pang of jealousy and Walter to start turning red. Pat winked at Melinda. “You’re cuter.”
“Stop that. Now,” Walter insisted. “No flirting during Weddas.”
“Sorry.” Pat sounded anything but. “Couldn’t help it.”
Melinda said nothing as she plopped another French fry into her mouth. Walter passed out the tile holders, placing the extra ones on the side, then passed the bag around for everyone to select one tile.
“Q,” said Walter.
“K,” announced Pat. He turned to Melinda. “I guess you’re going first.”
She reached into the bag. “X.” She held up her tile for the boys to see.
“I stand corrected.”
Everyone returned their tiles to the bag. Pat shook it a few times before taking out his letters, then waited for everyone else to select their letters before placing frown on the table.

Melinda enjoyed playing with the boys, and most of the game felt as it had during Parents’ Weekend. However, subtle differences reminded Melinda that much had happened in the past two weeks. Every so often, one of the boys would get overly excited and their loud voices would have the other people at the MAC Attack glancing in their direction. And Melinda did not think she was imagining Pat brushing his arm against hers on the table a couple of times. Each time, Melinda felt a tingling sensation that extended from her arm to her belly.
When everyone had used all their tiles, Melinda could not make any new words with any of her remaining letters, but Walter and Pat were able to completely clear their racks.
“So,” Walter announced, “I won with one hundred and twenty points. Pat, you had a hundred and Melinda, you had sixty. That’s not bad.”
Pat put his arm around Melinda and leaned closer to her. “Lemme see your tiles.” He pulled her rack between them. “You could have gotten a bunch more words. See, if you put this here,” he picked up a tile and placed it in a corner formed by the intersection of two words, “you get these three words and…eighteen points.”
Melinda shook her head. “I know all those words, too. I just didn’t see it.”
Pat picked up another tile and placed it at the end of a word. “You could have played this, too.”
Melinda shrugged. “Maybe I’ll do better next time.”
Walter glanced at his watch. “Wanna play again?”
“No,” Melinda declared adamantly. “I like this game, but only once a day. More than that, I’ll go nuts!”
Pat laughed as he removed his arm and started helping Walter place all the tiles into the bag. “So, whaddaya say? Should we do this again tomorrow?” He was looking at Melinda, but she looked to Walter.
“Yeah, I guess so.” Walter shrugged.

The following afternoon, Melinda was the first to notice Pat walking towards the lunch table. Beside her, Sarah and Larry had been involved one of their private conversations, and Walter had his back towards the servery and did not see his brother approaching.
Pat plopped himself in one of the several seats between Melinda and Walter, slightly closer to Melinda, she noticed, and turned to his brother. “So, how was your date last night?”
Melinda was not sure if it was Pat’s presence or the word “date” that caught Sarah’s attention.
“Date? Who had a date?” She looked around, then pointed to Melinda. “You had orchestra. I know. I was there.”
Walter started turning red as Melinda giggled an explanation. “You know Zayne? I forgot her last name.”
Sarah looked towards the ceiling as she recalled the information on their classmate. “It starts with a K. Its unpronounceable. She’s on the…third floor? I think so. Single, I think.” She looked back towards Walter. “You had a date last night?”
Walter seemed to have recovered. “Kryszak,” he said. “I asked her last night. And, no, we did not have a date, which you very well know.” He glared at Pat.
Melinda continued her explanation. “Anyway, Zayne came up to me yesterday asking for help in Latin. I told her Walter helps me and invited her to study with us. When I told her I had rehearsal last night, she still wanted to study with Walter.”
“You didn’t tell me this.” Larry sounded pained as he looked at his friend.
“Um, when exactly was I supposed to tell you? You didn’t show up to dinner last night and when I was looking for you during break, Andy said you were with Sarah.”
“You could have said something this morning.”
“Honestly, I forgot by this morning. Zayne and I studied Latin together. I also helped her with her algebra a little. Then, we just worked quietly for a while. I did mention how you and I do the assignments in advance –”
“What?” Pat turned to Melinda. “You do extra homework?”
Melinda closed her eyes and sighed. “No. I just do it early. So, today is Tuesday. All the homework I was supposed to do tonight, I did it last night. So, today, I could better understand what my teachers are saying. Or participate in class discussions a little better. Tonight, I’ll do the assignments for tomorrow night. Except art. I just draw whatever Mr. Rockwell assigns in class; we don’t have a syllabus there.” Melinda turned her attention back to Walter. “So, is she going to study with us?”
“Not every night. But, she said she might like to join us once in a while. Especially before next week’s quiz.”
“Did you know about this extra homework thing?” Larry asked Sarah.
“Why is this a big deal?” Melinda could feel her face growing warm.
“Yeah. She told me about it a long time ago. She got the idea from…” Sarah trailed off.
Larry and Pat both looked around the table, until Larry voiced what they both were thinking. “Who? She got the idea from who?”
“Whom,” Pat corrected automatically.
“An arrogant narcissist who shall remain nameless,” Walter answered.
Larry thought for a moment. “Nope. Clueless.”
“The first guy she dated,” Sarah whispered.
Larry called Mike an unflattering name that had everyone at the table smiling.
“I feel out of the loop,” Pat said. “But, I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, so I’ll just have Walter tell me later.” His smile made it hard for Melinda to know if he was serious.
“Hey, anyone wanna go to the coffee shop this afternoon?” Sarah suggested.
“I usually go there Wednesdays after school to kill time before CCD,” Melinda explained. “I don't think I want to go two days in a row.”
“We could go to Checkmate,” suggested Pat. When he was met with four blank stares he asked, “You guys haven’t discovered Checkmate yet? Okay. We’re going there this afternoon. Everyone bring five bucks and meet me behind Stanton at three”
“What are you getting us into?” Larry asked warily.
Pat merely smiled. “You’ll love it.”

“So, where is your boyfriend taking us?” Sarah asked Melinda as they stood behind Stanton with Walter and Larry.
“He’s not my boyfriend,” Melinda said at the same time Walter was saying, “He’s not her boyfriend.”
“Is this some sort of upper former prank against third formers?” Larry asked suspiciously.
“Wow, way to be paranoid,” Pat said from behind them. Although they were all wearing parkas, hats, and gloves to ward against the November chill, Pat had also draped a scarf around his mouth and was wearing large sunglasses, making him nearly unrecognizable. He pointed to his roommate beside him. “Has everyone met Frank? Frank, that’s Walter’s friend Larry and Melinda’s roommate Sarah. This is Pete. Call him Frank. Okay. Let’s go.”
Pat started along the path towards the main road that led into town, and everyone followed in silence for a while. “So, what exactly is this place?” Walter asked as he caught up to his brother.
“Not telling. I wanna surprise you. Frank and I used to go here all the time.”
“Spence is going to be so excited to see you,” Frank said to Pat. “I stopped in to say hi back in September and he was really bummed you were gone for the term.”
The wind started blowing in their direction, slowing their progress and making it difficult to walk. It seemed like a long time before they reached the center of town, with the coffee shop across the street. Instead of crossing either of the streets, however, Pat turned left and continued about half a block before holding open a door.
Melinda followed her friends into the establishment towards a counter a few feet in front of them. In the display case, she could see some movie-theater snacks. There was a half-wall on her right, over which she could see a spattering of tables. There were round tables and angular tables. There were tall tables and short tables. There were booths and chairs. There was even a kids-size table with brightly colored chairs. The room was lined with floor to ceiling bookcases, with other bookcases of various heights positioned around the room separating the tables.
On every shelf were piles of board games, most of which had titles she didn’t recognize. Was it her imagination or were some not even in English? They seemed to be arranged in some order, since the stack closest to Melinda appeared to be world-domination-type games.
There were only three other people in the establishment. Two elderly gentlemen were playing chess at a table by the window with the board imprinted upon it. They did not appear to notice the arrival of Melinda and her friends.
The middle-aged man sitting behind the counter did, however. He stood up and took off the reading glasses that had been sitting on the tip of his nose. He placed an open paperback book on the seat beneath him and rubbed his eyes much like a sleepy child might.
“Do my eyes deceive me,” he said as he put down his hands and smiled wide. “Or has Pat Evans finally returned to Checkmate?”
“Hey Spencer,” Pat greeted him with a complicated handshake.
“When did you get back?”
“A little over two weeks ago. And, before you ask, I had a lot of work to catch up on, so I haven’t had time to come visit. But, here I am. And, I brought you new customers.”
Pat gestured behind him. “This is my brother, Walter. And, those are his friends: Melinda, Sarah, and Larry. This is Spencer. He owns the place.”
“What is this place?” Walter asked reverently. He had the look of a young child walking into a large toy store for the first time.
“It’s a game café. You can stay and play as many games as you want all afternoon. You just have to be careful not to break any of the games.”
“I’ve collected games from all different countries,” Spencer explained. “You tell me what you want to play, and we’ll find something like it.”
“I’ve already got a game in mind for now,” Pat said. “Okay, now everyone pay up. I don’t have enough cash to cover everyone.”
Everyone passed their five dollars to Pat, who handed the money to Spencer, then Pat gestured to a large table in the back corner that could seat the six of them. “Go sit over there. I’m gonna get the game.”
Pat wandered towards a bookshelf near the front of the room and frowned. He shouted across the café, “Spence! You reorganized!”
“No, I didn’t!” Spencer shouted in reply. “What’re you looking for?”
“Pictowar!”
“It’s over there!”
“No, it’s not!”
“I can’t concentrate!” shouted one of the older gentlemen near Pat.
The other older man sighed. “Spence, you reorganized back in May. It’s in the family game section, two bookcases to your left.”
“Thanks, Rick,” Pat replied.
Pat retrieved the game and brought it to their table, sitting beside Melinda.
“Pat, how often do you come here that you know the other customers’ names?” she asked.
He opened the box. “Huh? Oh, that’s Rick. He’s Spencer’s father. The other guy is John, his brother. Spencer lets them play for free. They’re here every day. He kinda built this place for them.”
Pat took out a bunch of whiteboard markers and explained the rules. His team would use one whiteboard while Frank’s would use the other. When no one had any questions, Pat divided the teams. He took a piece of paper and split it four ways, writing P on two pieces and F on the other. He crumpled all four pieces into balls and placed them in his ski cap. After shaking the cap, he held it out to Melinda. She took one and passed the hat to Sarah, who passed it to Larry, then to Walter. Melinda and Sarah both ended up on Pat’s team and Larry and Walter were with Frank.
Frank and Pat both went first. Frank flipped the first card, swore under his breath, and showed the card to Pat. Pat grimaced and flipped the sand hourglass timer.
“Go!” He grabbed a marker and raced to his board.
Melinda looked at the circle he drew and the stick figure on top of it. He had drawn x’s for eyes. Was the man dead? Sarah was yelling random words.
“Circle. Man. Dead. Sleeping. Kick.”
“How’d you get kick?” Melinda asked.
Sarah pointed to the other board, where Frank had drawn a boot. There was a stick figure in a boat. Now, Frank was drawing a swimming pool with another stick figure in a blindfold. Meanwhile, Pat was drawing more stick figures.
“Marco Polo!” Melinda shouted.
“Yes!” Pat gave her a high five. “We get a point. Okay. Who’s next?”
Melinda and Walter both drew next, and Melinda was glad she had been drawing so many fruit bowls in art class when she saw the word was “Banana split.”
It did not take long for Sarah to guess her picture. Melinda was able to guess “Three Blind Mice” from Larry’s picture instead of Sarah’s.
“We’re awesome!” Pat declared. “We need a team name.”
Frank grumbled testily. “No team names! Just draw. Come on, guys. We need to earn some points!”

They played until Frank’s team won, twenty-one to fifteen. “Okay. What’s next?” Frank asked as he started putting the markers and cards back into the box.
Walter immediately got up and began looking around the room at the various games. Everyone else did the same. Pat followed Melinda to the puzzle games section and stood silently beside her as they examined the games.
“Have you ever played Mancala?” Pat asked after a few moments.
Melinda shook her head. “No.”
“Come on. I’ll show you.” He pulled a thin blue tin off the shelf then grabbed her hand, leading her to a small table for two. They sat opposite each other and he pulled a wooden rectangle slightly larger than an egg carton out of the tin. He flipped it open along the shorter edge and Melinda saw an oval depression on each end of the board, reminding her of the end zone on a football field. Between the two ovals were smaller ovals arranged in pairs. There were brightly colored glass stones in some of the holes.
Pat reorganized all the stones until there were four in each small hole and the larger ovals were empty. He then explained the directions.
“Can we play a practice round?”
“Of course.” Pat’s smile nearly made Melinda forget she was about to compete against him.
The game did not take very long and Melinda figured out the rules fairly quickly. After several rounds, Melinda finally beat Pat, twenty-nine to nineteen.
“Yay! I won!” Melinda considered Pat’s smile a moment. “Wait, you let me win, didn’t you?”
“I promise. I didn’t. We can play again if you don’t believe me.”
“Nah. Let’s play something else.”
“Oh. I have a great idea. Stay here. I’ll be right back.”
Melinda watched Pat stroll over to the counter to ask Spencer for something. Spencer pointed to a bookshelf beside him, where Pat removed some paper and grabbed two colored pencils before returning to the table.
“Dots and boxes!” Pat showed Melinda a page covered with a large grid of dots.
“I’ve played this before.”
It took them a while to play the game, and Melinda had a tendency to build three sides of a box and leave the fourth for Pat to score a point. Pat had a tendency to find connections where he could build multiple boxes in one turn. As a result, he beat her sixty-four to thirty-five. They played three more rounds, with Melinda getting slightly higher scores each time, but never actually beating him.
“What next?” Pat asked after the final round.
Melinda checked the time on her phone. “I think we should be heading back for dinner. Why is Sarah texting me?”
Melinda clicked on her text messages icon as she looked around the café, realizing she didn’t see any of her friends. “We all decided to grab some hot cocoa at the coffee shop,” she read aloud. “See you at dinner.”
“I never noticed them leave.”
“We should be getting back.”
“Okay.”
After they bundled themselves against the cold, Pat once again did the complicated handshake with Spencer before putting on his gloves. Then he busily wrapped the scarf around his face while they walked back towards the center of town.
Melinda raised her eyebrows. “You know, it’s not that windy. You probably don’t need the scarf.”
“You realize it’s not for the wind, right?”
“Why else would you wear it? I can never wear scarves. I always feel like they’re strangling me, no matter how loose they are.”
Pat looked at Melinda for a moment and laughed as he put his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close. “You’re adorable. I’m sorry. That was just the randomest comment. I have to wear the scarf in town. I don’t like being recognized.”
It took Melinda almost half a block to understand what Pat was saying. “Is that why you always wear the hat and sunglasses to church?”
Pat nodded. “When I was a third former, I tried just going into town a few times. And I was bombarded by people wanting my autograph or photos. Sometimes, I don’t mind. But, it happened every time I went into town. By Thanksgiving, I was pretty sick of it. Mom suggested the sunglasses and scarf. I told her that it was ridiculous and would never work, but it did. So now, I always hide myself when I go into town.”
“I didn’t think it bothered you. I mean, you’re not worried about it at school.”
“I was when I was a third former. I wanted to be normal, and that’s really hard sometimes. I guess it helped that Meghan was already here, and people had stopped bothering her. I hung around with her a lot when I was a third-former.”
“You miss her being here?”
“I thought I wouldn’t, because Walter’s here now. But, he’s been such a…I can’t say the word I want to say.”
“Blockhead?”
“I like that one. He’s been such a blockhead about the whole thing, it’s made me miss Meghan more. That’s one of the reasons I invited her this weekend. Another was just to annoy Walter.”
Melinda giggled. “I talked to him the other night. I think he’s trying.”
Pat shrugged but made no further comment on the subject. Instead, he pulled her a little closer. “So, feel like telling me about the guy who made you do extra homework?”
Melinda sighed. “I dated this guy a couple of months ago. In one of our conversations, he mentioned doing homework a day early so he could understand the teacher. I thought it was a good idea and decided to do it in all my classes. Walter wanted to keep studying with me, so he did it too. That’s pretty much the whole story.”
“No, it’s not. My brother really seemed to dislike him.”
“Well, Walter didn’t think much of him before we started hanging out, but then he got really mad after the bet. So did Larry.”
“What bet?”
“He made a bet with some of his friends that he could kiss me. And he didn’t see anything wrong with doing that. So, I broke up with him. He was a horrible kisser, anyway. And, why am I telling you all this?”
“It’s the scarf. It makes people want to share their innermost secrets.”
Melinda laughed and pulled down the scarf. “Then, maybe you shouldn’t wear it.”
Pat smiled at her as they approached the rear entrance of the dining hall. “I had fun with you today.” He reached for the door.
“Oh, I’m not going in yet.”
“Why not?”
“I have to get my books. I always get my books first. Then, I can go straight to the library after dinner.”
“That is so…studious,” Pat frowned.
Melinda shrugged. “I’ve got my routines. It feels weird if I don’t go to the dining hall without my bag.”
Pat continued walking with her to the dorms. As they crossed the street, Melinda said, “I had fun with you today, too.”
Pat took her hand and led her to a bench behind the humanities building, where they sat facing each other.
“Do you think, maybe you and I could hang out again? Just the two of us?”
Melinda sighed in exasperation. “Pat, it’s still weird.”
He touched her cheek with the back of his hand. “I know. I mean, you do extra homework. How weird is that?”
She pushed against his chest gently and spoke softly. “Don’t get me wrong. I like spending time with you.”
Pat smiled and pulled her close. She rested her forehead against his. Part of her wondered if he would kiss her. Instead, he sat up suddenly.
“Do you know the story of Daphne and Apollo?”
Melinda thought for a moment before replying. “I remember reading the name, but I don’t remember the story.”
Pat put his arm around Melinda and drew her near. She rested her head on his chest and he placed his on her head, his arms wrapped around her as he reminded her of the myth.
“Apollo was madly in love with Daphne, but she didn’t feel the same way. She was constantly running away from him, but he continued to chase her.”
“Am I your Daphne? Wait, you’re not in love with me, are you?” Melinda tried to sit up.
Pat held her close as he gave a small chuckle. “No, I’m not saying that. I don’t know what I am. Smitten, I guess.”
“Does the story have a happy ending?”
“Um…Let’s just say I hope things turn out better for us.” He caressed her cheek one more time and whispered in her ear. “I should let you go.” He made no motions to do so.
“Pat, I just need more time to figure this out. Whatever this is.”
“I’m not trying to rush you. I’m just reminding you that it’s still here.” He kissed her gently on the forehead before rising and returning to the dining hall. Melinda watched him leave, remaining on the bench until her heart began beating normally again before returning to her room.

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Boarding School Blues - Chapter 11: Checkmate

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Rules for playing Weddas
1) Each player draws a letter. The player whose letter is the closest to A goes first. Play continues clockwise.
2) Each player draws 7 tiles.
3) The first player spells a word on the table.
4) Players take turns building off that word.
5) The player with the most points at the end wins.

Scoring
Each letter is work one point. If a player makes multiple words on a single turn, each word is counted separately.
Clear rack bonus = extra 10 points
New board = 20 point penalty

NOTE: Playing more than one game a day can be dangerous to your health!

Melinda walked up the interior MAC stairs towards the table in the corner of the loft, where she found Walter sitting with a green velvet drawstring bag on the table in front of him. She said nothing as she slid into the booth across from him.
“You said like Parents’ Weekend,” he reminded her. “I talked to Pat. He’s gonna join us. You want a snack before we start?”
Melinda was not particularly hungry, but the grilled food smelled so good, she could not help herself. She had received her fries and milkshake and returned to her seat when Pat finally arrived. He slid into the booth beside her, flashing that winning smile.
“What’s up, third formers? Why the summons?”
“Melinda said you wanted to hang out,” Walter explained, not completely able to mask the bitterness in his voice. “So this is us hanging out. In public. You want a snack before we start?”
Pat considered his brother a moment, then looked at Melinda and pointed towards her fries. “Can I have some?”
“That depends. Do you have his appetite?” She pointed a fry at Walter with a flirtacious smile.
Pat laughed and Walter smiled.
“I’ll get my own.” Pat slid out of the booth.
Walter turned to his brother. “Hey, can you get me some, too?”
“Maybe.” Melinda could tell by Pat’s smile that meant yeas.
“Melinda?” asked a voice from the opposite end of the loft. Melinda looked towards the staircase, recognizing a girl from her Latin class walking towards her. As she approached, the girl saw Walter sitting in the booth as well. “Oh, hey Walter.”
“Hi, Zayne. How’s it going?”
“Not great.” Zayne sighed as she plopped herself down next to Melinda. “I didn’t do so well on our pop quiz Saturday. How’d you do?” she asked Melinda
Melinda shrugged. “I dunno yet. I just took it today. It didn’t feel too bad.”
“I was wondering if maybe we could study together. Maybe you could help me understand what’s going on. I always think I understand it, and then I don’t seem to do well on the tests.”
Melinda hesitated. “Well, I study with Walter. He helps me understand it. You could join us?”
“Maybe tonight?”
“Oh, I have orchestra tonight.”
“I could still help you,” Walter offered. “I study in the library, up on the second floor.” He shrugged. “If you bring your homework, I can help you with it.”
“Oh, thanks!” Zayne stood as Pat approached the table carrying two containers of fries. Zayne headed into the line, although Melinda saw her glance back as Pat sat beside Melinda, passing Walter one of the cartons. Pat nodded in Zayne’s direction.
“Friend?”
“Walter’s gonna help her in Latin,” Melinda said.
“She’s cute.” Pat smiled, causing Melinda to feel a mild pang of jealousy and Walter to start turning red. Pat winked at Melinda. “You’re cuter.”
“Stop that. Now,” Walter insisted. “No flirting during Weddas.”
“Sorry.” Pat sounded anything but. “Couldn’t help it.”
Melinda said nothing as she plopped another French fry into her mouth. Walter passed out the tile holders, placing the extra ones on the side, then passed the bag around for everyone to select one tile.
“Q,” said Walter.
“K,” announced Pat. He turned to Melinda. “I guess you’re going first.”
She reached into the bag. “X.” She held up her tile for the boys to see.
“I stand corrected.”
Everyone returned their tiles to the bag. Pat shook it a few times before taking out his letters, then waited for everyone else to select their letters before placing frown on the table.

Melinda enjoyed playing with the boys, and most of the game felt as it had during Parents’ Weekend. However, subtle differences reminded Melinda that much had happened in the past two weeks. Every so often, one of the boys would get overly excited and their loud voices would have the other people at the MAC Attack glancing in their direction. And Melinda did not think she was imagining Pat brushing his arm against hers on the table a couple of times. Each time, Melinda felt a tingling sensation that extended from her arm to her belly.
When everyone had used all their tiles, Melinda could not make any new words with any of her remaining letters, but Walter and Pat were able to completely clear their racks.
“So,” Walter announced, “I won with one hundred and twenty points. Pat, you had a hundred and Melinda, you had sixty. That’s not bad.”
Pat put his arm around Melinda and leaned closer to her. “Lemme see your tiles.” He pulled her rack between them. “You could have gotten a bunch more words. See, if you put this here,” he picked up a tile and placed it in a corner formed by the intersection of two words, “you get these three words and…eighteen points.”
Melinda shook her head. “I know all those words, too. I just didn’t see it.”
Pat picked up another tile and placed it at the end of a word. “You could have played this, too.”
Melinda shrugged. “Maybe I’ll do better next time.”
Walter glanced at his watch. “Wanna play again?”
“No,” Melinda declared adamantly. “I like this game, but only once a day. More than that, I’ll go nuts!”
Pat laughed as he removed his arm and started helping Walter place all the tiles into the bag. “So, whaddaya say? Should we do this again tomorrow?” He was looking at Melinda, but she looked to Walter.
“Yeah, I guess so.” Walter shrugged.

The following afternoon, Melinda was the first to notice Pat walking towards the lunch table. Beside her, Sarah and Larry had been involved one of their private conversations, and Walter had his back towards the servery and did not see his brother approaching.
Pat plopped himself in one of the several seats between Melinda and Walter, slightly closer to Melinda, she noticed, and turned to his brother. “So, how was your date last night?”
Melinda was not sure if it was Pat’s presence or the word “date” that caught Sarah’s attention.
“Date? Who had a date?” She looked around, then pointed to Melinda. “You had orchestra. I know. I was there.”
Walter started turning red as Melinda giggled an explanation. “You know Zayne? I forgot her last name.”
Sarah looked towards the ceiling as she recalled the information on their classmate. “It starts with a K. Its unpronounceable. She’s on the…third floor? I think so. Single, I think.” She looked back towards Walter. “You had a date last night?”
Walter seemed to have recovered. “Kryszak,” he said. “I asked her last night. And, no, we did not have a date, which you very well know.” He glared at Pat.
Melinda continued her explanation. “Anyway, Zayne came up to me yesterday asking for help in Latin. I told her Walter helps me and invited her to study with us. When I told her I had rehearsal last night, she still wanted to study with Walter.”
“You didn’t tell me this.” Larry sounded pained as he looked at his friend.
“Um, when exactly was I supposed to tell you? You didn’t show up to dinner last night and when I was looking for you during break, Andy said you were with Sarah.”
“You could have said something this morning.”
“Honestly, I forgot by this morning. Zayne and I studied Latin together. I also helped her with her algebra a little. Then, we just worked quietly for a while. I did mention how you and I do the assignments in advance –”
“What?” Pat turned to Melinda. “You do extra homework?”
Melinda closed her eyes and sighed. “No. I just do it early. So, today is Tuesday. All the homework I was supposed to do tonight, I did it last night. So, today, I could better understand what my teachers are saying. Or participate in class discussions a little better. Tonight, I’ll do the assignments for tomorrow night. Except art. I just draw whatever Mr. Rockwell assigns in class; we don’t have a syllabus there.” Melinda turned her attention back to Walter. “So, is she going to study with us?”
“Not every night. But, she said she might like to join us once in a while. Especially before next week’s quiz.”
“Did you know about this extra homework thing?” Larry asked Sarah.
“Why is this a big deal?” Melinda could feel her face growing warm.
“Yeah. She told me about it a long time ago. She got the idea from…” Sarah trailed off.
Larry and Pat both looked around the table, until Larry voiced what they both were thinking. “Who? She got the idea from who?”
“Whom,” Pat corrected automatically.
“An arrogant narcissist who shall remain nameless,” Walter answered.
Larry thought for a moment. “Nope. Clueless.”
“The first guy she dated,” Sarah whispered.
Larry called Mike an unflattering name that had everyone at the table smiling.
“I feel out of the loop,” Pat said. “But, I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, so I’ll just have Walter tell me later.” His smile made it hard for Melinda to know if he was serious.
“Hey, anyone wanna go to the coffee shop this afternoon?” Sarah suggested.
“I usually go there Wednesdays after school to kill time before CCD,” Melinda explained. “I don't think I want to go two days in a row.”
“We could go to Checkmate,” suggested Pat. When he was met with four blank stares he asked, “You guys haven’t discovered Checkmate yet? Okay. We’re going there this afternoon. Everyone bring five bucks and meet me behind Stanton at three”
“What are you getting us into?” Larry asked warily.
Pat merely smiled. “You’ll love it.”

“So, where is your boyfriend taking us?” Sarah asked Melinda as they stood behind Stanton with Walter and Larry.
“He’s not my boyfriend,” Melinda said at the same time Walter was saying, “He’s not her boyfriend.”
“Is this some sort of upper former prank against third formers?” Larry asked suspiciously.
“Wow, way to be paranoid,” Pat said from behind them. Although they were all wearing parkas, hats, and gloves to ward against the November chill, Pat had also draped a scarf around his mouth and was wearing large sunglasses, making him nearly unrecognizable. He pointed to his roommate beside him. “Has everyone met Frank? Frank, that’s Walter’s friend Larry and Melinda’s roommate Sarah. This is Pete. Call him Frank. Okay. Let’s go.”
Pat started along the path towards the main road that led into town, and everyone followed in silence for a while. “So, what exactly is this place?” Walter asked as he caught up to his brother.
“Not telling. I wanna surprise you. Frank and I used to go here all the time.”
“Spence is going to be so excited to see you,” Frank said to Pat. “I stopped in to say hi back in September and he was really bummed you were gone for the term.”
The wind started blowing in their direction, slowing their progress and making it difficult to walk. It seemed like a long time before they reached the center of town, with the coffee shop across the street. Instead of crossing either of the streets, however, Pat turned left and continued about half a block before holding open a door.
Melinda followed her friends into the establishment towards a counter a few feet in front of them. In the display case, she could see some movie-theater snacks. There was a half-wall on her right, over which she could see a spattering of tables. There were round tables and angular tables. There were tall tables and short tables. There were booths and chairs. There was even a kids-size table with brightly colored chairs. The room was lined with floor to ceiling bookcases, with other bookcases of various heights positioned around the room separating the tables.
On every shelf were piles of board games, most of which had titles she didn’t recognize. Was it her imagination or were some not even in English? They seemed to be arranged in some order, since the stack closest to Melinda appeared to be world-domination-type games.
There were only three other people in the establishment. Two elderly gentlemen were playing chess at a table by the window with the board imprinted upon it. They did not appear to notice the arrival of Melinda and her friends.
The middle-aged man sitting behind the counter did, however. He stood up and took off the reading glasses that had been sitting on the tip of his nose. He placed an open paperback book on the seat beneath him and rubbed his eyes much like a sleepy child might.
“Do my eyes deceive me,” he said as he put down his hands and smiled wide. “Or has Pat Evans finally returned to Checkmate?”
“Hey Spencer,” Pat greeted him with a complicated handshake.
“When did you get back?”
“A little over two weeks ago. And, before you ask, I had a lot of work to catch up on, so I haven’t had time to come visit. But, here I am. And, I brought you new customers.”
Pat gestured behind him. “This is my brother, Walter. And, those are his friends: Melinda, Sarah, and Larry. This is Spencer. He owns the place.”
“What is this place?” Walter asked reverently. He had the look of a young child walking into a large toy store for the first time.
“It’s a game café. You can stay and play as many games as you want all afternoon. You just have to be careful not to break any of the games.”
“I’ve collected games from all different countries,” Spencer explained. “You tell me what you want to play, and we’ll find something like it.”
“I’ve already got a game in mind for now,” Pat said. “Okay, now everyone pay up. I don’t have enough cash to cover everyone.”
Everyone passed their five dollars to Pat, who handed the money to Spencer, then Pat gestured to a large table in the back corner that could seat the six of them. “Go sit over there. I’m gonna get the game.”
Pat wandered towards a bookshelf near the front of the room and frowned. He shouted across the café, “Spence! You reorganized!”
“No, I didn’t!” Spencer shouted in reply. “What’re you looking for?”
“Pictowar!”
“It’s over there!”
“No, it’s not!”
“I can’t concentrate!” shouted one of the older gentlemen near Pat.
The other older man sighed. “Spence, you reorganized back in May. It’s in the family game section, two bookcases to your left.”
“Thanks, Rick,” Pat replied.
Pat retrieved the game and brought it to their table, sitting beside Melinda.
“Pat, how often do you come here that you know the other customers’ names?” she asked.
He opened the box. “Huh? Oh, that’s Rick. He’s Spencer’s father. The other guy is John, his brother. Spencer lets them play for free. They’re here every day. He kinda built this place for them.”
Pat took out a bunch of whiteboard markers and explained the rules. His team would use one whiteboard while Frank’s would use the other. When no one had any questions, Pat divided the teams. He took a piece of paper and split it four ways, writing P on two pieces and F on the other. He crumpled all four pieces into balls and placed them in his ski cap. After shaking the cap, he held it out to Melinda. She took one and passed the hat to Sarah, who passed it to Larry, then to Walter. Melinda and Sarah both ended up on Pat’s team and Larry and Walter were with Frank.
Frank and Pat both went first. Frank flipped the first card, swore under his breath, and showed the card to Pat. Pat grimaced and flipped the sand hourglass timer.
“Go!” He grabbed a marker and raced to his board.
Melinda looked at the circle he drew and the stick figure on top of it. He had drawn x’s for eyes. Was the man dead? Sarah was yelling random words.
“Circle. Man. Dead. Sleeping. Kick.”
“How’d you get kick?” Melinda asked.
Sarah pointed to the other board, where Frank had drawn a boot. There was a stick figure in a boat. Now, Frank was drawing a swimming pool with another stick figure in a blindfold. Meanwhile, Pat was drawing more stick figures.
“Marco Polo!” Melinda shouted.
“Yes!” Pat gave her a high five. “We get a point. Okay. Who’s next?”
Melinda and Walter both drew next, and Melinda was glad she had been drawing so many fruit bowls in art class when she saw the word was “Banana split.”
It did not take long for Sarah to guess her picture. Melinda was able to guess “Three Blind Mice” from Larry’s picture instead of Sarah’s.
“We’re awesome!” Pat declared. “We need a team name.”
Frank grumbled testily. “No team names! Just draw. Come on, guys. We need to earn some points!”

They played until Frank’s team won, twenty-one to fifteen. “Okay. What’s next?” Frank asked as he started putting the markers and cards back into the box.
Walter immediately got up and began looking around the room at the various games. Everyone else did the same. Pat followed Melinda to the puzzle games section and stood silently beside her as they examined the games.
“Have you ever played Mancala?” Pat asked after a few moments.
Melinda shook her head. “No.”
“Come on. I’ll show you.” He pulled a thin blue tin off the shelf then grabbed her hand, leading her to a small table for two. They sat opposite each other and he pulled a wooden rectangle slightly larger than an egg carton out of the tin. He flipped it open along the shorter edge and Melinda saw an oval depression on each end of the board, reminding her of the end zone on a football field. Between the two ovals were smaller ovals arranged in pairs. There were brightly colored glass stones in some of the holes.
Pat reorganized all the stones until there were four in each small hole and the larger ovals were empty. He then explained the directions.
“Can we play a practice round?”
“Of course.” Pat’s smile nearly made Melinda forget she was about to compete against him.
The game did not take very long and Melinda figured out the rules fairly quickly. After several rounds, Melinda finally beat Pat, twenty-nine to nineteen.
“Yay! I won!” Melinda considered Pat’s smile a moment. “Wait, you let me win, didn’t you?”
“I promise. I didn’t. We can play again if you don’t believe me.”
“Nah. Let’s play something else.”
“Oh. I have a great idea. Stay here. I’ll be right back.”
Melinda watched Pat stroll over to the counter to ask Spencer for something. Spencer pointed to a bookshelf beside him, where Pat removed some paper and grabbed two colored pencils before returning to the table.
“Dots and boxes!” Pat showed Melinda a page covered with a large grid of dots.
“I’ve played this before.”
It took them a while to play the game, and Melinda had a tendency to build three sides of a box and leave the fourth for Pat to score a point. Pat had a tendency to find connections where he could build multiple boxes in one turn. As a result, he beat her sixty-four to thirty-five. They played three more rounds, with Melinda getting slightly higher scores each time, but never actually beating him.
“What next?” Pat asked after the final round.
Melinda checked the time on her phone. “I think we should be heading back for dinner. Why is Sarah texting me?”
Melinda clicked on her text messages icon as she looked around the café, realizing she didn’t see any of her friends. “We all decided to grab some hot cocoa at the coffee shop,” she read aloud. “See you at dinner.”
“I never noticed them leave.”
“We should be getting back.”
“Okay.”
After they bundled themselves against the cold, Pat once again did the complicated handshake with Spencer before putting on his gloves. Then he busily wrapped the scarf around his face while they walked back towards the center of town.
Melinda raised her eyebrows. “You know, it’s not that windy. You probably don’t need the scarf.”
“You realize it’s not for the wind, right?”
“Why else would you wear it? I can never wear scarves. I always feel like they’re strangling me, no matter how loose they are.”
Pat looked at Melinda for a moment and laughed as he put his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close. “You’re adorable. I’m sorry. That was just the randomest comment. I have to wear the scarf in town. I don’t like being recognized.”
It took Melinda almost half a block to understand what Pat was saying. “Is that why you always wear the hat and sunglasses to church?”
Pat nodded. “When I was a third former, I tried just going into town a few times. And I was bombarded by people wanting my autograph or photos. Sometimes, I don’t mind. But, it happened every time I went into town. By Thanksgiving, I was pretty sick of it. Mom suggested the sunglasses and scarf. I told her that it was ridiculous and would never work, but it did. So now, I always hide myself when I go into town.”
“I didn’t think it bothered you. I mean, you’re not worried about it at school.”
“I was when I was a third former. I wanted to be normal, and that’s really hard sometimes. I guess it helped that Meghan was already here, and people had stopped bothering her. I hung around with her a lot when I was a third-former.”
“You miss her being here?”
“I thought I wouldn’t, because Walter’s here now. But, he’s been such a…I can’t say the word I want to say.”
“Blockhead?”
“I like that one. He’s been such a blockhead about the whole thing, it’s made me miss Meghan more. That’s one of the reasons I invited her this weekend. Another was just to annoy Walter.”
Melinda giggled. “I talked to him the other night. I think he’s trying.”
Pat shrugged but made no further comment on the subject. Instead, he pulled her a little closer. “So, feel like telling me about the guy who made you do extra homework?”
Melinda sighed. “I dated this guy a couple of months ago. In one of our conversations, he mentioned doing homework a day early so he could understand the teacher. I thought it was a good idea and decided to do it in all my classes. Walter wanted to keep studying with me, so he did it too. That’s pretty much the whole story.”
“No, it’s not. My brother really seemed to dislike him.”
“Well, Walter didn’t think much of him before we started hanging out, but then he got really mad after the bet. So did Larry.”
“What bet?”
“He made a bet with some of his friends that he could kiss me. And he didn’t see anything wrong with doing that. So, I broke up with him. He was a horrible kisser, anyway. And, why am I telling you all this?”
“It’s the scarf. It makes people want to share their innermost secrets.”
Melinda laughed and pulled down the scarf. “Then, maybe you shouldn’t wear it.”
Pat smiled at her as they approached the rear entrance of the dining hall. “I had fun with you today.” He reached for the door.
“Oh, I’m not going in yet.”
“Why not?”
“I have to get my books. I always get my books first. Then, I can go straight to the library after dinner.”
“That is so…studious,” Pat frowned.
Melinda shrugged. “I’ve got my routines. It feels weird if I don’t go to the dining hall without my bag.”
Pat continued walking with her to the dorms. As they crossed the street, Melinda said, “I had fun with you today, too.”
Pat took her hand and led her to a bench behind the humanities building, where they sat facing each other.
“Do you think, maybe you and I could hang out again? Just the two of us?”
Melinda sighed in exasperation. “Pat, it’s still weird.”
He touched her cheek with the back of his hand. “I know. I mean, you do extra homework. How weird is that?”
She pushed against his chest gently and spoke softly. “Don’t get me wrong. I like spending time with you.”
Pat smiled and pulled her close. She rested her forehead against his. Part of her wondered if he would kiss her. Instead, he sat up suddenly.
“Do you know the story of Daphne and Apollo?”
Melinda thought for a moment before replying. “I remember reading the name, but I don’t remember the story.”
Pat put his arm around Melinda and drew her near. She rested her head on his chest and he placed his on her head, his arms wrapped around her as he reminded her of the myth.
“Apollo was madly in love with Daphne, but she didn’t feel the same way. She was constantly running away from him, but he continued to chase her.”
“Am I your Daphne? Wait, you’re not in love with me, are you?” Melinda tried to sit up.
Pat held her close as he gave a small chuckle. “No, I’m not saying that. I don’t know what I am. Smitten, I guess.”
“Does the story have a happy ending?”
“Um…Let’s just say I hope things turn out better for us.” He caressed her cheek one more time and whispered in her ear. “I should let you go.” He made no motions to do so.
“Pat, I just need more time to figure this out. Whatever this is.”
“I’m not trying to rush you. I’m just reminding you that it’s still here.” He kissed her gently on the forehead before rising and returning to the dining hall. Melinda watched him leave, remaining on the bench until her heart began beating normally again before returning to her room.
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Follow follow Patrick McGregor's story in Confessions of a Teenage Celebrity - Chapter 5: Nutcracker (Part 2)
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Teenage memories

I was transfixed, literally. It was impossible for me to move as I looked out of my bedroom window that summer afternoon, down into my neighbor’s yard and saw Bobby and Valerie DeJong fucking.
Their son, Chet, had been my best friend through high school and I knew the family well, but this was the first time in my 18 years of existence on the planet that I’d witnessed a couple in the flesh, screwing each other for all they were worth. It was shocking, mesmerizing and exciting as I stood a couple of feet back from my window, watching them and stroking myself.
They used a patio lounger and Valerie spent a lot of time on her knees, apparently urging her husband as he slammed into her from behind. Their black skin made them look like silhouettes against the sandy paving of their yard, Valerie’s breasts hanging down and swinging as Bobby fucked her. And his cock… it was huge. It looked to be almost a foot long (I know now that was unlikely, but that’s what it looked like) and straight as a rule. It was so long it looked like he couldn’t fit all of it inside her – at least three inches stayed outside Valerie’s pussy.
I had just looked out of the window casually when I’d spotted them. Now over the initial surprise, I was on the verge of cumming as I watched them. Bobby turned Valerie over and kneeled on the lounger, directing his huge tool at her groin. Once inside he started his rhythm again, making Valerie’s eyes close in pleasure as he pumped faster and faster. I came before he did, spurting youthfully across my carpet, but my cock was still rock hard as I watched Bobby’s body stiffen and obviously cum inside Valerie. Unlike the porn movies I’d seen, he didn’t pull out and shoot cum over her, just stayed inside and finished his orgasm.
When they were done the lay naked together on the lounger, his cock still looking enormous as it deflated slowly. I watched for a while before backing away from the window and stroking myself again.
**
Next time I saw Valerie was a few days later, when I called round to see what Chet was up to. We’d both finished high school a couple of weeks before. Chet was headed for a football scholarship at Texas, me to University of Illinois. I hadn’t seen my friend since the weekend and knocked on the DeJong’s front door.
Valerie answered, dressed in some tight jeans and a pink crewneck top. I stumbled over my first words, not able to get the image of her naked out of my mind, but managed to ask for Chet.
“He’s over at his cousins, on his way back I believe. Should be here in a half-hour or so.” Valerie smiled at me and I started to feel a little more comfortable, assuming she knew nothing of my voyeurism. “Would you like to come in and wait for him? I’m just prepping some food for tonight. You’re welcome to wait.”
It seemed natural for me to accept, after all, it’s what I would’ve done many times before that day. I knew that my perception of Valerie had changed, but she didn’t.
We lived in an affluent suburb and back then fewer moms worked, so it was very normal for Valerie to take time to prepare the family dinner, just as my mother did, often baking as well. I followed her into the kitchen and took a seat at the table. She offered me lemonade but then remembered that I preferred soda, so poured me a Coke. My family socialized with the DeJong’s a little, mostly at neighborhood cookouts and the like. We got on well with them but this was twenty years ago and some didn’t… the color of their skin still somewhat unusual in the suburbs. If they ever felt any resentment, none of the family showed it.
We chatted about the coming college days for a few minutes. Rightfully so, she was very proud of Chet’s scholarship but she also showed genuine interest in where I was going and what I expected life to be like in the college world. I’d heard many times that she’d studied Chemistry in Florida, but parents seemed to have a habit of forgetting what they’d told people and tell them again. I guess I’m like that now!
I had ample opportunity to study Valerie, as I’d never seen her before. She had been Chet’s mom for all the years we’d lived next to them, but now she was the lady I’d seen fucking in her yard.
She always had a ready smile and a kind disposition, but for the first time I noticed that she had beautifully smooth skin, very dark and providing a stark contrast for her white teeth that made them seem almost incandescent. She had a good figure, maybe a few extra ponds around her hips, but wonderfully round and distinct breasts that bobbled just enough with her movements to suggest they were heavy when released from her bra.
In the yard Valerie’s hair had been combed back and in a ponytail but today it was hanging around her face, wavy from styling I thought, but very sensual. I’d never thought about her age much before, but she must have been at least forty-three, and looking good for it. My standard for beauty back then was young movie stars and other pin-ups, but it now came to me that my friend’s mother was very beautiful.
“You’ll have fun.” Valerie concluded our college discussion just as the phone rang. “Excuse me.” Valerie spoke with a soft, accent-less voice.
“It was Chet.” Valerie breezed back into the kitchen. “They got tickets for the baseball game tonight, he’s staying over at my sister’s. Sorry.”
“No problem.” I took the last drink of my Coke. “It was nice to talk with you. Thanks for the Coke.” I stood to leave.
“No, wait.” Valerie placed a light touch on my forearm, stopping me in my tracks. “Hold up. Stay a little while. I’d like to talk to you some more.” She seemed a little more awkward than normal but was smiling at me.
I had nowhere to go and wasn’t in the habit of turning down requests from adults so I sat back down at the table. Valerie immediately poured me another drink. She shuffled around the sink, putting things away without saying anything and then she came and sat at the table with me. Our silence had become a little strained suddenly. It felt like Valerie wanted to say something to me and as I had no idea what that might’ve been, I had no clue how to start the conversation. I mostly thought she wanted to talk about Chet. She’d asked me about his girlfriends once or twice, just in a maternal sort of way, not prying or uncomfortable.
Valerie sat across from me with her hands on the table, her fingers intertwining in a way that looked slightly nervous. I felt my own nerves start to build. What could she want?
“I…” She made a false start and her eyes fell to her hands. “I think you saw us the other day. Bobby and I.” She finished her words looking into my eyes.
I thought about pleading innocent, that I didn’t know what she thought I saw, but the look in her eyes suggested there was no room for denial - she knew. I nodded.
“I’m sorry.” She seemed genuinely repentant. “Our yard is so private. The trees mean no one can see in, except from your bedroom, that’s the only angle. I guess we just got carried away.”
There was a faint smile on Valerie’s lips as she spoke, but her tone was quiet. I didn’t feel there was anything I could say that would either make her feel better or excuse my watching them.
“I saw you at the window. Afterwards.” She leaned forward, now a little conciliatory. “I guessed you’d been there for a while. I guessed you’d seen… everything?”
Rather than just nod again, I managed, “I did.”
“I’m so sorry. That wasn’t fair on you.” Valerie reached over and took my hand in hers. Her words sounded sincere.
I tried to reassure her. “It’s okay. It’s no big deal.”
“Are you sure? Do you want to talk about it? I don’t want you to feel bad about it.” Finally her somber tone broke a little, “Bobby and I are married after all.”
I shook my head. “No, it’s okay really. I didn’t think anything of it. I’m sorry I watched for so long… I just couldn’t help it.”
“You hadn’t seen anyone making love before?”
I wanted to answer honestly, but, being the age I was, didn’t want to expose myself as inexperienced in the ways of the world. “Yes, I mean, well, I have, but not… live like that. It was so real, if you know what I mean. I’m sorry you saw me.”
Valerie smiled softly as I spoke. I realized she was still holding my hand, like she was soothing me. I wanted to reassure her I was not psychologically harmed by the experience so blurted out, “It wasn’t a horrible experience, believe me.”
Somewhere, in that moment, the dynamic between us changed. I didn’t realize until later, but the air in the room started to change from the cool of uncomfortable discovery to the heat of a sexual discussion.
“Really? You enjoyed watching us?” I swear Valerie almost smirked.
I didn’t want to admit straight up that I’d “enjoyed” the scene, but wanted to convey that I was far from shocked or hurt by it. “It was… interesting. You know, it was beautiful in some ways. Kind of nice to see people who love each other making love like that.”
“Did it… did it excite you?” Valerie held my gaze and her grasp on my hand tightened a little.
I nodded my admission, hoping the next logical question, in my mind at least, didn’t come.
“That’s nice. I’m glad it wasn’t a bad experience for you.” I half-hoped at this point the discussion would be over, but also noticed that I was becoming excited by the topic, especially in the presence of the woman I’d watched having sex just a few days earlier. “Tell me, what did you find exciting?”
I thought for a few seconds, still unsure how much I wanted to divulge. “I… you looked very beautiful. You looked so good and comfortable together. It was all exciting.”
“Did anything surprise you?”
Hesitatingly, I admitted that one image was clearer than all the others in my mind. “I was surprised… how big he is. I had no idea.”
Now Valerie gave a short laugh. “Yes, he is big. You know all those stories about black men… Sometimes he’s too big, you know? You probably never think like that, but a man can be too big, when a woman can’t take all of him and the rest of his body never meets hers. It’s just a small thing…” we both giggled at the pun, “but occasionally it can be annoying.”
I didn’t have anything to add to her statements, so stayed quiet and let het carry on. “Men don’t need to be big to pleasure a woman, that’s a myth. Well, they need to be big enough, but not huge. Bobby can get huge, but sometimes he doesn’t get as hard as a smaller man would. You understand that?”
“Sure.” I tried to sound casual, but now I was having some size troubles of my own. My cock was straining in my pants.
“You don’t mind if I ask…” Valerie paused, “but what size are you?”
Now, that question caught me off guard. Without thinking too much I took my hand away from Valerie’s and used both hands to indicate a size of about six inches. “About that.”
“You see,” Valerie smiled widely now, “that’s just about perfect.”
Silence fell between us for a few moments there, both of us wondering what had just transpired and evaluating what our next words should be, where we went from here. Forget the whole thing or… “Is that what size it is right now?”
The moment wasn’t lost on me. We’d stepped way over the line of friendship between neighbor and friend’s mother. I thought about resisting, but I was eighteen… my will was weak and after all, I should always tell the truth, right?
“Yes.” I admitted.
“It’s very exciting, talking about sex like this? You think?” Valerie easily held my eyes, making our discussion easier, like there was nothing wrong with it. “Show me? Would you?”
She stood up and moved to the side of the table. The bulge in my pants was mostly hidden under the table, but if I moved there was no way I could hide anything from her. “Don’t be shy.” Valerie urged.
I slowly slid my chair out from the table. Valerie said nothing as the lump in my pants became obvious. I started to undo the belt from my jeans and pull down my zipper. I was aware that she was fully focused on my groin as I fumbled with my underwear and tried to release my cock from the tangle it had created. Finally I managed to expose the red, bulging head.
“Stand up.” Valerie commanded. “I can’t see very well down there. Pull the pants off.”
I stood up on shaky legs and quickly pushed my jeans and underwear down to my knees. My cock bobbed up when I stood – hard and proud, almost vertical in front of my T-shirt.
“You see,” Valerie didn’t take her eyes off me, “that’s a nice size. Looks wonderful.” I looked down and saw my cock twitch. I couldn’t remember ever feeling harder. Valerie stooped a little, looking closer. “Would you mind if I touched it?”
She didn’t wait for an answer, like she knew what the answer of any eighteen year-old would be. She reached out a hand and let her fingers explore my length with the lightest of touches, fingertips only. I watched as her hand moved over every inch of me, up and down the shaft, over the head and around the rim. Her touch was divine and I twitched as she let her gossamer touch wander all over my erection.
“You are so hard.” She didn’t look up. “I’ve not felt a cock this hard in years. Were you this hard when you were watching?”
“Yes.” I had to say something, despite the paralysis she was causing, as she couldn’t hear me nod.
“You look so good, feel so good. Your cock is beautiful.”
Despite the redness of my bulging head I saw my cock as virtually white against the blackness of her skin. Valerie took a slightly tighter hold and stroked me slowly. I started to worry about cumming, already feeling the unmistakable feelings of orgasm start to bubble up. I wanted to warn Valerie what she was doing, but she was way ahead of me.
“Feels like you need some release.” She looked up at me for the first time since she started looking at my cock. “Don’t worry. Do you want me to help you?”
“Oh God, yes. Please.” I was feeling the rise quicker now, much more forceful that I’d felt from my hand or the couple of girlfriends I’d been with.
It’s okay.” She reassured, stroking me again and turning to watch. “Just let it happen.”
I had no other option by then, there was no way I could hold back. Valerie continued her slow strokes as my orgasm built with its increasingly unstoppable force. I felt my cock twitch several times as her light touch encouraged me. When I felt her other hand start to caress my balls the rush of orgasm took me completely.
I closed my eyes as the red hot waves washed over and through my body. I felt my cock start to twitch wildly in her hand, my cum not far away. She continued to caress me as I spurted, a small one fist, then a long line of cum that splashed down on the table… then another, and another. The next didn’t make it as far and some of my white cum landed on Valerie’s black skin, stark and erotic. My cock stayed twitching for almost a minute, dry now but the power of the climax obvious.
When I’d finished Valerie squeezed the last of my cum from my shaft and it seeped out of the end of my cock. Then she unexpectedly leaded down and licked it away from me. Though I couldn’t see her mouth, I was sure she’d swallowed it.
Valerie stood up and turned to me, smiling. “Looks like you needed that.” She turned away and retrieved a cloth to wipe the table. “I hope you didn’t mind, I guess we’ve both seen something intimate of each other. It was very erotic to see you, and feel you cum like that.” I sat down in my chair, my cock still hard and proud.
“It felt good.” I managed, trying to work out what had transpired in the last few minutes.
“Better than doing it yourself while watching the neighbors I bet.” There was a laugh in her tone as she threw the cloth to the sink and sat on the edge of the table.
I sat there wondering what to say next. I couldn’t conceive that this was going any further and wondered how I should wrap things up, literally and figuratively. Surely there was no way Valerie wanted something more? Could we go back to just being neighbors? How did that work? I had no experience in this area.
“You’re still hard.” She observed, pointing at my erection. “You young boys. Insatiable. I’d forgotten how that goes.” I watched as she brought her hand up to her breast, a deliberate, sensual move. “You think you have something more for me?”
As I nodded I felt my cock twitch again. It, at least, knew what was going on here.
“Why don’t you come here and undress me?”
It was an invitation I was never going to turn down. I stood, realized that my pants were still around my legs, and kicked them off. Not wanting anything to get in my way, I pulled off my T-shirt in a flash and stood naked in front of Valerie. She smiled, not in a mom way though.
I fumbled a little with the sides of her shirt before I started to pull it over her head. Valerie raised her arms to help me and I reached up and pulled it away. Her pink bra was full to overflowing as I looked down and took in the wonderful sight.
“Nothing to hide from you here I guess.” Valerie reached behind herself and unclipped her bra. “You’ve seen these.”
I had, but not close-up, so when Valerie pulled away the bra I was stunned at the beauty of her full figure. “You like?” She used her hands to push her breasts up for me. I nodded, marveling at the hard nipples I saw, realizing Valerie was getting naked with me, still thinking about the sex I’d witnessed. “You can touch them.”
I took the invitation as a small reprimand that I wasn’t moving fast enough as it was fairly obvious that I could touch them. I reached up and took both of Valerie’s breasts in my hands. They felt heavy and stayed round as I pushed them in and up. Valerie sighed as I found the buds of her nipples and squeezed them. They felt harder than I’d expected and much bigger. “Suck on them.” She commanded.
I stooped my head to her breast and took her nipple in my mouth. I sucked gently at first, felt Valerie react with pleasure and sucked harder. I rolled my tongue around her and played with her, then repeated my actions on her other nipple while squeezing the one my mouth had just left with my fingers. I felt Valerie’s hand on the back of my head, caressing me and encouraging my pleasuring of her.
While she let me continue to suck on her Valerie’s other hand reached down between us and searched for my cock. She found me still rock hard and made a small moan of approval as her fingers wrapped around me again. Immediately she started to stroke me with her palm and thumb while her fingers reached down as far as they could, touching my balls. I returned the action by bringing my hand to the front of her jeans, gently finding my way between her legs, feeling her heat and pressing hard against her pussy.
“Let’s get these off.” Valerie declared, already unfastening her jeans. I backed off as she pulled down the zipper and pushed them down over her hips. It was impossible not to notice that she wasn’t wearing panties. I tried to get a good look at her pussy when she’d shaken the jeans off her feet but with her dark skin and black pubic hair it was impossible to see. “Come. Let’s go over here.” Valerie took my arm and led me into the lounge, straight to the sofa.
“You want to get a closer look at what you saw from your window?” Valerie seemed to be reading my mind as she sat on the sofa and lay back, opening her legs so I could see her wide open pussy.
I kneeled down on the floor and got close to Valerie’s reclined form. I couldn’t take my eyes from her pussy and now I was able to see the lines of her pussy lips and the tangle of pubes above her slit. As I watched she reached down and used one hand to ease her lips apart and reveal her pink interior. I could see the slick sheen of her excitement and marveled at the stark contrast of her pink against her dark skin.
“You like?” She asked.
“Very much. You’re beautiful.” I meant it, I had never seen a woman with such a beautiful body, and now so available to me.
“Touch me.” Valerie commanded, again encouraging me to go further than just gaze at her.
My fingertips explored all of her folds, tracing over her pussy lips and gently through the cleft of her opening that was slick with her juice. Using my thumb and forefinger I opened her slightly, delighting in the way her skin gave way to my touch. Valerie liked that too, taking her hand away from her groin and moaning at my touch. She moaned again when I let my finger slowly slip into her.
As I worked my finger in and out of Valerie my face was no more than a foot away from her, getting the best view possible. I’d never tasted a pussy before and this seemed like the perfect time so I slowly eased my face down to her, extended my tongue and lapped at her pussy lips tentatively.
“Oh, that’s nice.” Valerie encouraged as I licked up and down her slit. I used my fingers to open her as wide as I could and get the tip of my tongue inside. Valerie tasted good and I continued to experiment, licking slow and then flicking my tongue over her clit like I’d seen on porn movies.
When she felt the rapid movements of my tongue on her clit Valerie brought her hand to my head and whispered, “Not too quick. Just lick me there. The harder the better.”
I took her words to heart and made some long slow licking strokes across her clit. My fingers continued to hold her pussy open as I worked, now really enjoying that I was able to pleasure Valerie and make her moan. “Good.” She managed to breathe between moans.
Her climax took me by surprise. First I knew what was happening was when both of her hands clamped onto my head and push me harder into her pussy, encouraging me to keep licking her and make it harder. Valerie’s moans increased in volume and intensity as I licked her, my nose now hard against her pubic area, smelling her sexy musk. Valerie continued to push my head into her and force her pussy up towards me, her body now all tense as the climax approached.
She gave a final loud gasp that I assumed signaled her orgasm had arrived. I kept on licking hard and felt her pussy shudder and then her muscles contracted several times. Valerie’s hands eventually loosened off my head and let me up to look at her. She inclined her head so she could see me and opened her arms in a gesture that I should climb on the sofa and hug her.
I came up, lay my head on her shoulder and felt her arms wrap around me. My cock pressed into her thigh and I felt her kiss me gently on the top of the head. “You did good Baby. Real good. You made me cum so hard.”
Lying there, comfortably in her arms, I wondered if we were done. We had both cum and I wasn’t sure I was invited to experience the ultimate with her. Much as I wanted to sink my cock into Valerie’s lovely pussy, I wasn’t sure what our next move was. I felt Valerie’s breathing start to calm and brought my hand up to cup her breast. Her nipple was still hard and she squirmed to my touch.
“You’re still hard.” Valerie reached down between our bodies and let her hand rest against my cock. “You feel good. I think you’d feel even better inside me.” She kissed me on the head again. “Would you do that for me?”
I didn’t even nod, simply raised my body away from her and slid down a little. Valerie’s hand slipped away from my cock, but came back to it as I positioned myself closer to her. I had one foot on the floor as I angled towards her and the other leg kneeling on the sofa. I looked at her face for a final confirmation but saw nothing but raw desire. It was as though Valerie needed me inside her, which was an incredible turn on for me.
My cock came to touch her pussy lips, guided by Valerie’s hand. She pulled slightly on my shaft, urging me to thrust inside. I pushed gently, parted her lips and slipped inside. Looking down between us, I watched as my stark white cock disappeared into her warm, dark folds. Valerie gasped a little as I slid in and I simply felt the warmth of her pussy walls as I reached the full length of my penetrating her.
Valerie cooed, “Oh, you feel so good. You got it all in there.”
I could feel that I was all the way in and it was a great feeling. Basking in the warmth of her pussy, I pulled out a little and slipped in again. Valerie shifted her position slightly to allow me to make easier and longer strokes.
As much as I liked seeing the pleasure on Valerie’s face as I pushed in and out of her and the way her big boobs rocked with our motion, I was fascinated by the sight of my cock disappearing into her. I was now pulling out as far as I dared and then plunging fast into her, enjoying every slick stroke and the way her pussy gripped me. Valerie wasn’t just lying without moving either, she was arching her back and thrusting her pelvis to meet my strokes as our rhythm built.
“Does that feel good Baby?” She asked in a breathy voice. “Is this what you wanted to feel when you watched me? Is this what you thought it would be like?”
“Better.” I managed to answer between thrusts.
Valerie’s hands were all over my back now, moving gently with me as I rocked into her. The first burnings of orgasm started when I caught her eyes and she looked at me with an intensity I’d never seen in anyone before. “You gonna cum Baby?” She asked. “You gonna cum for Valerie?”
I nodded, but the gesture was probably lost in my movements as I started to pursue the strokes that would bring my climax closer. I started to get faster as I chased the feeling down, desperate to cum now, needing to and wanting to please Valerie. I felt a bead of sweat drip from my forehead, down between her breasts as I pounded away. Valerie’s hands pulled tighter on my hips, pulling me in as our bodies slammed together.
The climax came relentlessly, almost teasing me as I thought I was there and then it felt like just a couple of strokes away, then right there again. Finally I knew I was cumming and with one final full thrust into Valerie my orgasm breached its confines and burst through me. I felt my chest and leg muscles twitch as my nervous system transmitted the euphoria all through me and then I wasn’t able to thrust - frozen for a moment.
Just as I started to shoot cum into Valery I was able to thrust again and look up to see Valerie’s face, watching as I came inside her.
When I was done I slumped on top of my best friend’s mom, exhausted from the sex we’d shared and still feeling little post-orgasmic shocks running through me. Valerie wrapped her arms around me, hugged tight and then brushed some hair away from my forehead. “Was that good for you Baby?” Her voice soothed as I caught my breath. “Did you like the way Valerie makes love? Was that better than watching?”
“It was good.” I managed between breaths. “Very good. Did you…”
“Hush Baby,” she caressed my cheek with her hand, “you made me feel so good. It was nice to feel a man that can get all the way into me. I’ve needed that for a long time.”
She seemed to shift on the sofa and look towards the kitchen. “The bad news is that you have to go now. Bobby will be home in half an hour, and we wouldn’t want him to find us like this. Would we?”
Of course we wouldn’t, so I quickly got up and started to pull on my clothes. Valerie found a towel and wrapped it around her boobs, explaining that she would have a quick shower. When I was dressed she walked me to the front door and kissed me before opening it. “Thank you for a lovely afternoon.” She smiled. “It was nice of you to show me your cock, and let me have it inside me.” I couldn’t have put it better.
Valerie and Bobby lived next door to my parents for another ten years or so. Whenever I saw Valerie I had an instant reaction in my pants, but not once did she ever give me the slightest sign that our secret afternoon was something she even remembered. Valerie was inscrutable like that and I guess our lives were a bit safer for it. As much as I loved the event, and all of the wonderful memories I relived for years, I would never want my parents, or Bobby, or Chet to suspect anything.
I looked out of my bedroom window many times over the years after that day but didn’t once see my next door neighbors having sex.
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possess possibility possible possibly post pot potato potential potentially pound pour poverty powder power powerful practical practice pray prayer precisely predict prefer preference pregnancy pregnant preparation prepare prescription presence present presentation preserve president presidential press pressure pretend pretty prevent previous previously price pride priest primarily primary prime principal principle print prior priority prison prisoner privacy private probably problem procedure proceed process produce producer product production profession professional professor profile profit program progress project prominent promise promote prompt proof proper properly property proportion proposal propose proposed prosecutor prospect protect protection protein protest proud prove provide provider province provision psychological psychologist psychology public publication publicly publish publisher pull punishment purchase pure purpose pursue push put qualify quality quarter quarterback question quick quickly quiet quietly quit quite quote race racial radical radio rail rain raise range rank rapid rapidly rare rarely rate rather rating ratio raw reach react reaction read reader reading ready real reality realize really reason reasonable recall receive recent recently recipe recognition recognize recommend recommendation record recording recover recovery recruit red reduce reduction refer reference reflect reflection reform refugee refuse regard regarding regardless regime region regional register regular regularly regulate regulation reinforce reject relate relation relationship relative relatively relax release relevant relief religion religious rely remain remaining remarkable remember remind remote remove repeat repeatedly replace reply report reporter represent representation representative Republican reputation request require requirement research researcher resemble reservation resident resist resistance resolution resolve resort resource respect 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statement station statistics status stay steady steal steel step stick still stir stock stomach stone stop storage store storm story straight strange stranger strategic strategy stream street strength strengthen stress stretch strike string strip stroke strong strongly structure struggle student studio study stuff stupid style subject submit subsequent substance substantial succeed success successful successfully such sudden suddenly sue suffer sufficient sugar suggest suggestion suicide suit summer summit sun super supply support supporter suppose supposed Supreme sure surely surface surgery surprise surprised surprising surprisingly surround survey survival survive survivor suspect sustain swear sweep sweet swim swing switch symbol symptom system table tablespoon tactic tail take tale talent talk tall tank tap tape target task taste tax taxpayer tea teach teacher teaching team tear teaspoon technical technique technology teen teenager telephone telescope television tell temperature temporary ten tend tendency tennis tension tent term terms terrible territory terror terrorism terrorist test testify testimony testing text than thank thanks that the theater their them theme themselves then theory therapy there therefore these they thick thin thing think thinking third thirty this those though thought thousand threat threaten three throat through throughout throw thus ticket tie tight time tiny tip tire tired tissue title to tobacco today toe together tomato tomorrow tone tongue tonight too tool tooth top topic toss total totally touch tough tour tourist tournament toward towards tower town toy trace track trade tradition traditional traffic tragedy trail train training transfer transform transformation transition translate transportation travel treat treatment treaty tree tremendous trend trial tribe trick trip troop trouble truck true truly trust truth try tube tunnel turn TV twelve twenty twice twin two type typical typically ugly ultimate ultimately unable uncle under undergo understand understanding unfortunately uniform union unique unit United universal universe university unknown unless unlike unlikely until unusual up upon upper urban urge us use used useful user usual usually utility vacation valley valuable value variable variation variety various vary vast vegetable vehicle venture version versus very vessel veteran via victim victory video view viewer village violate violation violence violent virtually virtue virus visible vision visit visitor visual vital voice volume volunteer vote voter vs vulnerable wage wait wake walk wall wander want war warm warn warning wash waste watch water wave way we weak wealth wealthy weapon wear weather wedding week weekend weekly weigh weight welcome welfare well west western wet what whatever wheel when whenever where whereas whether which while whisper white who whole whom whose why wide widely widespread wife wild will willing win wind window wine wing winner winter wipe wire wisdom wise wish with withdraw within without witness woman wonder wonderful wood wooden word work worker working works workshop world worried worry worth would wound wrap write writer writing wrong yard yeah year yell yellow yes yesterday yet yield you young your yours yourself youth zone
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Football: Belarusian Premier League – Slavia Mozyr vs FC Ruh Brest
Today, we start by looking at the last remaining clash from the weekend action in the Belarusian Premier League. Slavia Mozyr face FC Ruh Brest.
The season is in its infancy, so a win for either side can go far. If Slavia do so, they’ll go joint top, and we are backing that to happen with a comfortable 2-0 scoreline.
Our Tip: Slavia Mozyr to win 2-0 6/1 @ Betfair
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Football: Belarusian Premier League – Slavia Mozyr vs FC Ruh Brest
Today, we start by looking at the last remaining clash from the weekend action in the Belarusian Premier League. Slavia Mozyr face FC Ruh Brest.
The season is in its infancy, so a win for either side can go far. If Slavia do so, they’ll go joint top, and we are backing that to happen with a comfortable 2-0 scoreline.
Our Tip: Slavia Mozyr to win 2-0 6/1 @ Betfair
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Football: Belarusian Premier League – Dinamo Minsk vs Torpedo BelAZ (5pm)
The Belarusian Premier League returns this weekend, but the action actually kicks off on Friday. Our first tip of the day looks at Dinamo Minsk, who are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s derby defeat, against Torpedo BelAZ.
Because the season has just started, it is difficult to judge form. But there was almost a comeback last week, and we think that will spur Dinamo on here.
Our Tip: Dinamo Minsk to win 23/20 @ Betfair
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crime criminal crisis criteria critic critical criticism criticize crop cross crowd crucial cry cultural culture cup curious current currently curriculum custom customer cut cycle dad daily damage dance danger dangerous dare dark darkness data date daughter day dead deal dealer dear death debate debt decade decide decision deck declare decline decrease deep deeply deer defeat defend defendant defense defensive deficit define definitely definition degree delay deliver delivery demand democracy Democrat democratic demonstrate demonstration deny department depend dependent depending depict depression depth deputy derive describe description desert deserve design designer desire desk desperate despite destroy destruction detail detailed detect determine develop developing development device devote dialogue die diet differ difference different differently difficult difficulty dig digital dimension dining dinner direct direction directly director dirt dirty disability disagree disappear disaster discipline discourse discover discovery discrimination discuss discussion disease dish dismiss disorder display dispute distance distant distinct distinction distinguish distribute distribution district diverse diversity divide division divorce DNA do doctor document dog domestic dominant dominate door double doubt down downtown dozen draft drag drama dramatic dramatically draw drawing dream dress drink drive driver drop drug dry due during dust duty each eager ear early earn earnings earth ease easily east eastern easy eat economic economics economist economy edge edition editor educate education educational educator effect effective effectively efficiency efficient effort egg eight either elderly elect election electric electricity electronic element elementary eliminate elite else elsewhere e-mail embrace emerge emergency emission emotion emotional emphasis emphasize employ employee employer employment empty enable encounter encourage end enemy energy enforcement engage 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farmer fashion fast fat fate father fault favor favorite fear feature federal fee feed feel feeling fellow female fence few fewer fiber fiction field fifteen fifth fifty fight fighter fighting figure file fill film final finally finance financial find finding fine finger finish fire firm first fish fishing fit fitness five fix flag flame flat flavor flee flesh flight float floor flow flower fly focus folk follow following food foot football for force foreign forest forever forget form formal formation former formula forth fortune forward found foundation founder four fourth frame framework free freedom freeze French frequency frequent frequently fresh friend friendly friendship from front fruit frustration fuel full fully fun function fund fundamental funding funeral funny furniture furthermore future gain galaxy gallery game gang gap garage garden garlic gas gate gather gay gaze gear gender gene general generally generate generation genetic gentleman gently German gesture get ghost giant gift gifted girl girlfriend give given glad glance glass global glove go goal God gold golden golf good government governor grab grade gradually graduate grain grand grandfather grandmother grant grass grave gray great greatest green grocery ground group grow growing growth guarantee guard guess guest guide guideline guilty gun guy habit habitat hair half hall hand handful handle hang happen happy hard hardly hat hate have he head headline headquarters health healthy hear hearing heart heat heaven heavily heavy heel height helicopter hell hello help helpful her here heritage hero herself hey hi hide high highlight highly highway hill him himself hip hire his historian historic historical history hit hold hole holiday holy home homeless honest honey honor hope horizon horror horse hospital host hot hotel hour house household housing how however huge human humor hundred hungry hunter hunting hurt husband hypothesis I ice idea ideal identification identify identity ie if ignore ill illegal illness illustrate image imagination imagine immediate immediately immigrant immigration impact implement implication imply importance important impose impossible impress impression impressive improve improvement in incentive incident include including income incorporate increase increased increasing increasingly incredible indeed independence independent index Indian indicate indication individual industrial industry infant infection inflation influence inform information ingredient initial initially initiative injury inner innocent inquiry inside insight insist inspire install instance instead institution institutional instruction instructor instrument insurance intellectual intelligence intend intense intensity intention interaction interest interested interesting internal international Internet interpret interpretation intervention interview into introduce introduction invasion invest investigate investigation investigator investment investor invite involve involved involvement Iraqi Irish iron Islamic island Israeli issue it Italian item its itself jacket jail Japanese jet Jew Jewish job join joint joke journal journalist journey joy judge judgment juice jump junior jury just justice justify keep key kick kid kill killer killing kind king kiss kitchen knee knife knock know knowledge lab label labor laboratory lack lady lake land landscape language lap large largely last late later Latin latter laugh launch law lawn lawsuit lawyer lay layer lead leader leadership leading leaf league lean learn learning least leather leave left leg legacy legal legend legislation legitimate lemon length less lesson let letter level liberal library license lie life lifestyle lifetime lift light like likely limit limitation limited line link lip list listen literally literary literature little live living load loan local locate location lock long long-term look loose lose loss lost lot lots loud love lovely lover low lower luck lucky lunch lung machine mad magazine mail main mainly maintain maintenance major majority make maker makeup male mall man manage management manager manner manufacturer manufacturing many map margin mark market marketing marriage married marry mask mass massive master match material math matter may maybe mayor me meal mean meaning meanwhile measure measurement meat mechanism media medical medication medicine medium meet meeting member membership memory mental mention menu mere merely mess message metal meter method Mexican middle might military milk million mind mine minister minor minority minute miracle mirror miss missile mission mistake mix mixture mm-hmm mode model moderate modern modest mom moment money monitor month mood moon moral more moreover morning mortgage most mostly mother motion motivation motor mount mountain mouse mouth move movement movie Mr Mrs Ms much multiple murder muscle museum music musical musician Muslim must mutual my myself mystery myth naked name narrative narrow nation national native natural naturally nature near nearby nearly necessarily necessary neck need negative negotiate negotiation neighbor neighborhood neither nerve nervous net network never nevertheless new newly news newspaper next nice night nine no nobody nod noise nomination none nonetheless nor normal normally north northern nose not note nothing notice notion novel now nowhere n't nuclear number numerous nurse nut object objective obligation observation observe observer obtain obvious obviously occasion occasionally occupation occupy occur ocean odd odds of off offense offensive offer office officer official often oh oil ok okay old Olympic on once one ongoing onion online only onto open opening operate operating operation operator opinion opponent opportunity oppose opposite opposition option or orange order ordinary organic organization organize orientation origin original originally other others otherwise ought our ourselves out outcome outside oven over overall overcome overlook owe own owner pace pack package page pain painful paint painter painting pair pale Palestinian palm pan panel pant paper parent park parking part participant participate participation particular particularly partly partner partnership party pass passage passenger passion past patch path patient pattern pause pay payment PC peace peak peer penalty people pepper per perceive percentage perception perfect perfectly perform performance perhaps period permanent permission permit person personal personality personally personnel perspective persuade pet phase phenomenon philosophy phone photo photograph photographer phrase physical physically physician piano pick picture pie piece pile pilot pine pink pipe pitch place plan plane planet planning plant plastic plate platform play player please pleasure plenty plot plus PM pocket poem poet poetry point pole police policy political politically politician politics poll pollution pool poor pop popular population porch port portion portrait portray pose position positive possess possibility possible possibly post pot potato potential potentially pound pour poverty powder power powerful practical practice pray prayer precisely predict prefer preference pregnancy pregnant preparation prepare prescription presence present presentation preserve president presidential press pressure pretend pretty prevent previous previously price pride priest primarily primary prime principal principle print prior priority prison prisoner privacy private probably problem procedure proceed process produce producer product production profession professional professor profile profit program progress project prominent promise promote prompt proof proper properly property proportion proposal propose proposed prosecutor prospect protect protection protein protest proud prove provide provider province provision psychological psychologist psychology public publication publicly publish publisher pull punishment purchase pure purpose pursue push put qualify quality quarter quarterback question quick quickly quiet quietly quit quite quote race racial radical radio rail rain raise range rank rapid rapidly rare rarely rate rather rating ratio raw reach react reaction read reader reading ready real reality realize really reason reasonable recall receive recent recently recipe recognition recognize recommend recommendation record recording recover recovery recruit red reduce reduction refer reference reflect reflection reform refugee refuse regard regarding regardless regime region regional register regular regularly regulate regulation reinforce reject relate relation relationship relative relatively relax release relevant relief religion religious rely remain remaining remarkable remember remind remote remove repeat repeatedly replace reply report reporter represent representation representative Republican reputation request require requirement research researcher resemble reservation resident resist resistance resolution resolve resort resource respect respond respondent response responsibility responsible rest restaurant restore restriction result retain retire retirement return reveal revenue review revolution rhythm rice rich rid ride rifle right ring rise risk river road rock role roll romantic roof room root rope rose rough roughly round route routine row rub rule run running rural rush Russian sacred sad safe safety sake salad salary sale sales salt same sample sanction sand satellite satisfaction satisfy sauce save saving say scale scandal scared scenario scene schedule scheme scholar scholarship school science scientific scientist scope score scream screen script sea search season seat second secret secretary section sector secure security see seed seek seem segment seize select selection self sell Senate senator send senior sense sensitive sentence separate sequence series serious seriously serve service session set setting settle settlement seven several severe sex sexual shade shadow shake shall shape share sharp she sheet shelf shell shelter shift shine ship shirt shit shock shoe shoot shooting shop shopping shore short shortly shot should shoulder shout show shower shrug shut sick side sigh sight sign signal significance significant significantly silence silent silver similar similarly simple simply sin since sing singer single sink sir sister sit site situation six size ski skill skin sky slave sleep slice slide slight slightly slip slow slowly small smart smell smile smoke smooth snap snow so so-called soccer social society soft software soil solar soldier solid solution solve some somebody somehow someone something sometimes somewhat somewhere son song soon sophisticated sorry sort soul sound soup source south southern Soviet space Spanish speak speaker special specialist species specific specifically speech speed spend spending spin spirit spiritual split spokesman sport spot spread spring square squeeze stability stable staff stage stair stake stand standard standing star stare start state statement station statistics status stay steady steal steel step stick still stir stock stomach stone stop storage store storm story straight strange stranger strategic strategy stream street strength strengthen stress stretch strike string strip stroke strong strongly structure struggle student studio study stuff stupid style subject submit subsequent substance substantial succeed success successful successfully such sudden suddenly sue suffer sufficient sugar suggest suggestion suicide suit summer summit sun super supply support supporter suppose supposed Supreme sure surely surface surgery surprise surprised surprising surprisingly surround survey survival survive survivor suspect sustain swear sweep sweet swim swing switch symbol symptom system table tablespoon tactic tail take tale talent talk tall tank tap tape target task taste tax taxpayer tea teach teacher teaching team tear teaspoon technical technique technology teen teenager telephone telescope television tell temperature temporary ten tend tendency tennis tension tent term terms terrible territory terror terrorism terrorist test testify testimony testing text than thank thanks that the theater their them theme themselves then theory therapy there therefore these they thick thin thing think thinking third thirty this those though thought thousand threat threaten three throat through throughout throw thus ticket tie tight time tiny tip tire tired tissue title to tobacco today toe together tomato tomorrow tone tongue tonight too tool tooth top topic toss total totally touch tough tour tourist tournament toward towards tower town toy trace track trade tradition traditional traffic tragedy trail train training transfer transform transformation transition translate transportation travel treat treatment treaty tree tremendous trend trial tribe trick trip troop trouble truck true truly trust truth try tube tunnel turn TV twelve twenty twice twin two type typical typically ugly ultimate ultimately unable uncle under undergo understand understanding unfortunately uniform union unique unit United universal universe university unknown unless unlike unlikely until unusual up upon upper urban urge us use used useful user usual usually utility vacation valley valuable value variable variation variety various vary vast vegetable vehicle venture version versus very vessel veteran via victim victory video view viewer village violate violation violence violent virtually virtue virus visible vision visit visitor visual vital voice volume volunteer vote voter vs vulnerable wage wait wake walk wall wander want war warm warn warning wash waste watch water wave way we weak wealth wealthy weapon wear weather wedding week weekend weekly weigh weight welcome welfare well west western wet what whatever wheel when whenever where whereas whether which while whisper white who whole whom whose why wide widely widespread wife wild will willing win wind window wine wing winner winter wipe wire wisdom wise wish with withdraw within without witness woman wonder wonderful wood wooden word work worker working works workshop world worried worry worth would wound wrap write writer writing wrong yard yeah year yell yellow yes yesterday yet yield you young your yours yourself youth zone
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